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Youth representation in parliament nudges up according to new IPU report
The global proportion of MPs under 30 has increased in two years from 1.9 per cent to 2.2 per cent according to the IPU’s biannual report on Youth Participation in National Parliaments published today. Despite this increase, when compared with the half of the world’s population that is under 30,...
Youth participation in national parliaments: 2018
Promoting the participation of young people in political life is becoming a higher priority worldwide. Over one third of the 169 targets established as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to young people and the importance of their empowerment, participation and...
Young MPs speak out on youth political empowerment
Data from the IPU shows the worrisome lack of representation of young people in parliaments. To commemorate International Youth Day 2017 (12 August), the IPU has asked young MPs worldwide to share their views on how to increase youth engagement in politics.We are sharing these views through a...
The Youth Democracy Academy celebrates first alumni
By Shana KaiserThe first class of International IDEA’s Youth Democracy Academy graduated on 17 July in a ceremony attended by representatives of organizations who will be hosting the alumni as interns for the next six months and representatives from International IDEA Member States.The ceremony,...
Youth Participation in Electoral Processes – Handbook for Electoral Management Bodies
Specifically designed for electoral management bodies (EMBs), this publication acknowledges the crucial role EMBs play in ensuring that all segments of the society, including youth, are empowered to fully participate in the electoral process, be as voters, candidates or officials.The handbook...
Hear from the scholars of International IDEA’s Youth Democracy Academy
Hear from the scholars of International IDEA’s Youth Democracy Academy (YDA) pilot programme. YDA is designed to ensure that young women and men, too often marginalized from political processes, are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively participate in, and contribute to, the...
Power to the people? Tackling the gender imbalance in combined authorities and local government
A new generation of young women is ready and willing to participate in politics.The UK general election in June 2017 saw a rise in voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-old women, with participation up from 44 to 53 per cent compared with the 2015 general election. However, so far there is little...
RAU report finds that violence discourages young women from participating in politics in Zimbabwe
The Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) has cited violence as a leading factor discouraging young women from actively participating in politics.Zimbabwe will hold general elections next year, and women participation is pivotal as they constitute 52% of the population.In a recent report titled “Do...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UNDP
Youth Participation in Electoral Processes – Handbook for Electoral Management Bodies
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
International IDEA introduces the Youth Democracy Academy
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UN Women
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women for Youth
Inter-Parliamentary Union
IPU report shows an under-representation of youth in parliaments worldwide